Sci-fi? Yes, please!

I recently signed up for The 2012 Science Fiction Experience, only to realize that the only unread science fiction novel that I had in my TBR pile was Asimov’s “The Foundation.”  I decided to remedy this, and headed off to the library book sale.  Here’s what I managed to find:

  • “The Sands of Mars” by Arthur C. Clarke – This was Arthur C. Clarke’s first published full-length novel.
  • “Nightwings” by Robert Silverberg – This one won a Hugo in 1969, which means I can also count it toward the Award Winning Books Reading Challenge 2012.
  • “Damia” by Anne McCaffrey – I was quite saddened by Anne McCaffrey’s death, even though I’ve only read one of her books.  I’d like to remedy that.  This is a sequel to another book, “Rowan,” which I haven’t read, so I’m hoping that it can function as a standalone.
  • “Brightness Reef” by David Brin – The author won Hugo/Nebula awards for other novels, so I figured he’s worth a shot.
  • “Beggars in Spain” by Nancy Kress – The author won a Nebula for a novella of the same title, which she later expanded into a full novel.

I hadn’t really heard of any of the books that I got before I saw them today, but I’m excited to expand my horizons!  Has anyone read/heard of these books, and if so, how are they?


In other news, I’m going to be leaving tomorrow evening on my epic journey home to Western Pennsylvania to visit family for the holidays. I’ve got a couple posts scheduled for the next few days, but it might take me longer than usual to respond to comments. Happy holidays!

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10 comments

  1. You should read Karen Joy Fowler – she writes a lot of science fiction short stories and John Kessel – he has one or two Nebula Awards. Just a few suggestions. 🙂

  2. Anything Robert Silverberg writes is going to be enjoyable, and I had no idea David Brin had another Uplift series! looks like you found some treasures, can’t wait to read your reviews.

  3. Looks like you found some good ones! I haven’t read any McCaffrey but her covers always draw me in. I’m curious what you think of the sequel. Dare I start yet another series 🙂

    Enjoy your vacation and holidays. See you in the New Year!

    1. Thanks! I’m excited to read that one, as I loved Crystal Singer. From what I read on the cover/Wikipedia, it’s told from the perspective of the daughter of a character from the first book, so I’m thinking that I might not need to read them in order. 😛

      Happy holidays!